Key Liverpool player’s contract expires in three days and he will be a massive miss

Georginio Wijnaldum will no longer be a Liverpool player when his contract expires at midnight on Wednesday evening and he’s going to be a huge miss.

The Dutchman joined Liverpool from Newcastle United in 2016 for a fee worth £25million but the five-year contract he signed expires in three days at midnight on Wednesday.

Paris Saint-Germain have already confirmed that he will move to Parc des Princes after the Netherlands conclude their European Championships tournament.

Official and contract signed until June 2024. Georginio Wijnaldum is a new Paris Saint-Germain player after spending last 5 years at Liverpool.

De Telegraaf claims that he will earn £160,000/week after PSG hijacked Barcelona’s free-agent move by offering double the salary they had put on the table.

Fabrizio Romano broke the news at the time, writing: “Gini Wijnaldum has decided to join Paris Saint-Germain. Barcelona have NO intention to raise their bid after their agreement was ready for 2 weeks and medicals planned.

“Gini is now set to accept PSG proposal until 2024 with salary more than doubled [compared to Barça bid].”

The 30-year-old was a divisive figure as some fans thought he was world-class for Liverpool while others thought he was too passive and too conservative with his pass selection.

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 01: Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool lifts the Champions League Trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain.
MADRID, SPAIN – JUNE 01: Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool lifts the Champions League Trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

While both are simultaneously true in my eyes, the latter is only so because Klopp instructed him to prioritise ball retention over getting forward in attack.

Wijnaldum is blessed with boundless energy, an unbelievable ability to hold onto the ball under intense pressure and has an instinct for goalscoring that is rare in a midfielder.

Unfortunately, he was shackled in a conservative midfield role at Anfield but his performances for the Netherlands the last few years demonstrate he is more than the sum of his Liverpool parts.

That said, the role he was tasked with on Merseyside was vital for Klopp as Liverpool romped to the Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League in 2020.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Joe Gomez, Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool celebrate with The Premier League trophy following the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JULY 22: Joe Gomez, Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool celebrate with The Premier League trophy following the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Phil Noble/Pool via Getty Images)

They beat the likes of PSG, Napoli, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Tottenham to claim their sixth European Cup to further establish their title as the best English side on the continent.

Liverpool then won 99 points from an available 114 during the 2019/20 Premier League season to win their first league title in 30 years.

While the likes of Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk receive the bulk of the praise, Georginio Wijnaldum was a crucial cog in the Liverpool machine and he will be greatly missed.

Perhaps not by naive supporters or clueless pundits but by his teammates who will appreciate the hard work he did in the engine room.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool with Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on October 02, 2020 in Liverpool, England.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 02: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool with Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on October 02, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The likes of Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are the true beneficiaries of a player that sacrificed his world-class attacking ability so that they could bound up the pitch and get involved in a part of the game that receives a lot more praise.

Wijnaldum is world-class and while he might not get as many goals or assists as the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, he is a selfless player that helped achieve what even Steven Gerrard was unable to.

Of course, the Scouser was never surrounded by the talent that Wijnaldum has been but his contribution to this famous club should never be forgotten.

Good luck in Paris, Gini.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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